A couple of days back, we talked about whether machines can make better decisions than humans. Another interesting aspect to ponder this is from the perspective of the Star Trek characters.
There is Spock, the vulcan and cold intellectual – who goes by logic and is seen as cool. There is Captain Kirk – with his emotions, and the position of command – who makes swift decisions from his instincts, summing up the situation, and is willing to take risks. And then a character V’jur – who is capable of immense analysis, was completely logical so that its accumulation of knowledge was pointless. V’jur, however, could not feel pain, joy or challenge…
Tim Mendham, editor of “The Skeptic”, in June 2015 raised an interesting point worth pondering: Would you give up on thinking logically to choose hopefully?
Are we also certain that logic is not flawed? Is evidence ever truly full-proof? Also, is emotion less valuable than logic? For instance, are we able to better persuade others through emotions or logic? If we try to take a “logical” approach to things, do we over-think things and fail to take action?
Credits pic: Star Trek